Sweet Potato Pancakes with Poached Pear & Spiced Brown Sugar Syrup
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If you’re a fan of all things pumpkin spice then you’ll love these irresistible dairy-free sweet potato pancakes with poached pears! The poaching liquid turns into a decadent spiced brown sugar syrup for a luxe weekend brunch treat that’s perfect for the cooler months. If you’re short on time, or prefer a healthier option, pair the sweet potato pancakes with a dollop of coconut yoghurt and some of your favourite fruits.
WHY ADD POACHED PEARS?
I love the addition of dreamy, delicious poached pears in this sweet potato pancakes recipe because you get two elements in one! After the pears are removed, the poaching liquid is further reduced to create a divine syrup full of rich, warming spices. I used vanilla extract with seeds and ground cinnamon, however, these can be replaced with 1 x vanilla bean pod and 2 x cinnamon sticks!
HOW-TO MAKE SWEET POTATO MASH (MICROWAVE METHOD)
I’ve recommended a super easy microwave method to prepare the sweet potato for our pancakes! However, if steaming or roasting is your preference, that’ll work just fine too 🙂
What You’ll Need:
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1 microwave-safe dinner plate
- 1 small bowl full of water (small enough that it’ll fit on the dinner plate alongside the sweet potato, but not too tiny!)
- Wash and scrub the sweet potato and pat dry.
- Prick the sweet potato all over with a fork (Important! This ensures the sweet potato doesn’t explode in your microwave!)
- Place the sweet potato on the dinner plate alongside the full bowl of water. This helps to steam the sweet potato.
- Microwave on high for 7 minutes.
- Remove the sweet potato from the microwave – It should still feel quite hard! If it is quite soft all over, reduce microwave time by a couple of minutes in Step 7.
- Flip the sweet potato – you should notice the other side is a lot softer.
- Microwave again on high for 7 minutes (make sure there is still water in the bowl), or until it is completely soft and you can pierce it easy with a fork.
- Remove the sweet potato from the microwave and use a knife to split the skin open from top to tail.
- Scoop out the flesh and mash with a fork. This recipe does not need the sweet potato to be completely smooth and pureed (unless this is your preference!)